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Missing Soldiers Found Dead In Iraq - 2003-06-28


Two US soldiers in Iraq missing since Wednesday have been found dead north of Baghdad.

US Central Command says coalition forces recovered the soldiers' bodies today (Saturday) about 32 kilometers north of Baghdad.

US forces had been searching for the two men since they disappeared in the town of Balad along with their vehicle, weapons, and other equipment.

Another US soldier was killed late Friday by a grenade attack on a convoy in Baghdad's Thawra neighborhood. The US military says four other soldiers were wounded in the attack along with a civilian Iraqi interpreter.

US -led forces in Iraq have faced almost daily attacks and casualties from what U-S officials call remnants of the ousted Saddam Hussein regime.

US Secretary of State Colin Powell says the United States always expected it would have to deal with what called the "residual problem" of pro-Saddam militias.

In an interview (with National Public Radio) today (Saturday), Mr. Powell said the United States will keep a significant number of troops in Iraq for "months" to come, until the country becomes more secure.

At least 21 US soldiers have been killed by hostile action since President Bush declared major combat over in Iraq on May first.

The US Defense Department said Friday that a team of five private experts will soon be in Iraq to advise U-S administrators on ways to stabilize the country.

The team is led John Hamre, who was a deputy defense secretary when Bill Clinton was president.

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